My how she has grown!! We LOVE YOU so much Emily!!!!
My how she has grown!! We LOVE YOU so much Emily!!!!
I have never had a giveaway on my blog and what better time to have one than Christmas! I recently ordered another Seeds Family Worship CD – Vol. 5 The Power of Encouragement and once again we LOVE it!!! These CD’s are so good and another great thing about them is they send you two…one for you and one to share and I want to share mine with one of you guys. If you haven’t heard of these CD’s you can read what I wrote about our first one here but basically it is scripture set to music. The music is so catchy and I love listening to music the whole family can enjoy! It is so cool to hear the girls singing scripture:) and truthfully it is a great way for me to memorize scripture too.
How to enter:
1. Just leave a comment letting me know that you would like to win the CD
2. Give yourself another entry if you are a follower (leave a separate comment letting me know you are follower)
I will randomly draw a winner on Dec. 23rd. If you don’t win I still recommend you order your own copy. Can you tell I really love these CD’s :)
I could not pass up surprising the girls with these cute snowmen for breakfast when I saw the idea here.
I just stacked 3 mini powdered donuts, added pretzels for arms, icing for eyes and buttons and a candy corn for a nose. I made the top hats out of construction paper by following the directions on The Idea Room blog.
For some reason I can’t seem to post about the books we do in Five In A Row in a timely fashion! A few weeks ago we rowed Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin. I LOVED this book and we had a lot of fun with it! Here is what we did:
One of the messages in the book was don’t judge a book by its cover. To really illustrate this to the girls I wrapped three boxes in pretty wrapping paper and inside I put a little note that said I LOVE YOU and for the fourth gift I wrapped up a piece of candy in waded up paper. Of course the pretty presents went first and Emily cried a little because she got stuck with the ugly one. Of course once she opened it the other girls really wished they had picked that one. I let them all have a piece of candy of course but I thought it was a good lesson!
We made the cranberry bread recipe from the book. The girls did a great job taking turns mixing all of the ingredients. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the finished product but we were too busy eating it:) We also made homemade butter, by shaking heavy cream for a long time, to
slather spread on the bread. The girls like shaking the cream but they didn’t want to do it long.
Made turkey cookies
Talked about our favorite Thanksgiving food
Listened to We Gather Together on you tube many times
Did some experiments from here on cranberries:
We went to this website to see what a cranberry bog looks like and find out how and where cranberries are grown
Color by number turkey printout from 1+1+1=1
That about wraps up Cranberry Thanksgiving!
For one of our advent activities this week we read The Biggest, Best Snowman. It is about a girl who is little and always told by her family she is too small to do anything. With the help of her forest friends she builds the biggest best snowman ever and her family realizes she can do things.
After the book the girls made a snowman picture. I drew a snowman on blue cardstock and they used a glue stick all over the snowman. They added buttons, eyes, carrot noses and then poured salt all over the snowman and shook off the excess. Then Ellie used a marker to draw arms and a hat. They turned out really cute!
Since we will be starting our advent calendar soon I wanted to share the activities we will be doing. A lot of these are the same as last year but I put in some new ones too!
1. Go see the singing bears
2. Go see Santa
3. Read Mr. Cookie Baker and make and decorate Christmas cookies
4. Read Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and make reindeer suckers to give to some of our neighbors
5. Read The Gingerbread Man and decorate paper gingerbread men with paint, glitter, buttons etc.
6. Read One Winter’s Day and the girls each pick out something to donate (it goes with the theme of the book)
7. Read The Berenstein Bears Christmas Tree and make Christmas trees from sugar ice cream cones
8. Read Gingerbread Baby and decorate gingerbread houses
9. Read Rudolph Shines Again and make reindeer cupcakes from Family Fun magazine
10. Read The Littlest Angel and go see The Littlest Angel play at the Children’s theatre
11. Read Dear Santa and write letters to Santa
12. Read the Biggest, Best Snowman and make a snow man art craft and eat a snow cone
13. Read If You Take A Mouse To The Movies and take the girls to the movies
14. Read The Story of Christmas and go see The Live Nativity at church
15. Paint ornaments
16. Take the girls to Santa’s Bag. Basically the girls take some of their money (anywhere from 25 cents to $5) and they get to shop for people in a little store with elf helpers
17. Play Silver Bell Game (memory game using Hershey Kisses)
18. Make frozen hot chocolate
19. Read Christmas books by the Christmas tree in our sleeping bags at bedtime
20. Have breakfast for dinner in our PJ’s
21. Christmas movie night
22. Make gingerbread playdoh
23. Make cookies to leave out for Santa
24. Go to the Christmas play at church
25. Christmas day!!
I love Katherine Marie Photography’s advent calendar ideas! All of her advent activities are Random Acts of Christmas Kindness. Although we are not doing this in our calendar (maybe next year) I am going to use some of her ideas to incorporate into our Christmas season!
I have wanted to have a Jesse tree for the last couple of years but couldn’t seem to get it all together before Christmas. For those who aren’t familiar with the Jesse Tree it is a great way to countdown to Jesus’ birth (a type of advent). The name Jesse Tree comes from Isaiah 11:1 "A shoot will spring forth from the stump of Jesse, and branch out from his roots." and the tree represents Jesus’ family tree.
So here is how it works: everyday you read a bible story and hang an ornament that coordinates with the story on the tree. The stories start at creation and go through Jesus’ birth. I have found some great links to ideas, bible verses and printable ornaments. This year I am going to print the ornaments but I want to start collecting real ornaments and making some as well. This is going to be a new tradition for us that I am really excited about! As for the tree, we are are using a little tree we have had for a few years. Here are the links I used:
Simple Mom: a great overview of the Jesse tree and ideas for ornaments and tree
Confessions of a Homeschooler: Links to free printable ornaments and devotions
Our Jesse Tree: she has great pictures of her ornaments
Passionate Homemaking: tons of great ideas
Tired, Need Sleep: lots of great ideas and I love her idea on also having the girls add a piece of yarn each night to the manger so when Christmas day arrives the manger will be nice and soft for baby Jesus
I would love to know if you have a Jesse tree!
Ellie lost her first tooth a few weeks ago and she already has another one that is loose! My baby is growing up! Anyway, she put her tooth under her pillow and let me tell you the tooth fairy had a terrible time finding it!!! I decided to make it easier on the tooth fairy by making this cute little tooth pillow so she can put her tooth in the little pocket (the tooth’s mouth)and hang it on her bed post. I found the tutorial for this little guy here. I am so grateful for all of the bloggers who take time to make tutorials:)
A friend and I recently got together and made our girls turkey shirts for Thanksgiving. They turned out really cute! We just freezer paper stenciled a turkey on the front of their shirts and back of a turkey on the back of their shirts! Doing freezer paper stencils is such a fun and easy was to make cute shirts! If you want to know how to make your own freezer stencil shirts you can read the instructions here.